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"A companion to Bowen's alphabet book, Antler, Bear, Canoe (1991), this counting book is a celebration of living in the north woods of Minnesota through the seasons of the year. Not really a concept book--the things to be counted from 0 to 12 on each double-page spread are not always consistently organized or easy to identify--this is more a lyrical picture book of an amazing place. The nature writing is precise and detailed, and children will pore over the bold, colored wood-block prints for the action and information. Winter is always there, even in the springtime scene on the first page: "We'll gather food and firewood and memories to be ready for the white snow and the cold dark nights when they come." Winter is there in the brief summer and in the harvesting of wild rice in the fall. The joy of 12 inches of snow is a glorious visual climax: 'Tomorrow we'll be able to ski! All day long.'" Booklist, ALA "The sophisticated counting book conveys both the magnitude of a northern Minnesota winter and the joy of simple domestic rituals as it moves from zero to twelve and from May to December, describing things a family does during warmer months to prepare for frigid temperatures." Horn Book

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